Set in the zany flashy world of modern fashion houses with costumes inspired by Versace and Jean-Paul Gaultier, the acclaimed Opera della Luna will be bringing one of the most famous Gilbert and Sullivan shows of all time – The Mikado – to Buxton Opera House from August 14-16.
Opening in 1885, The Mikado ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, the second longest run for any work of musical theatre.
Setting the piece in Japan allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to satirise British politics more freely, making the piece particularly interesting in a historical context.
The story begins with Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fleeing his father’s imperial court to escape an arranged marriage with an elderly lady Katisha.
Disguised as a traveling musician he goes to the town of Titipu where he meets and falls in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of the Tailor Ko-Ko. Yum-Yum, however is already betrothed to her guardian.
Opera della Luna’s energetic production promises a riot of gorgeous and bizarre creations – expect sequins, stunning gowns, glamour, glorious singing and of course, the company’s inimitable brand of mad-cap humour.
The cast includes Opera della Luna stalwarts and Gilbert and Sullivan specialists: Richard Gauntlett as Ko-Ko, Louise Crane as Katisha and Ian Belsey as The Mikado.
Even the most hardened traditionalists will be delighted by the verve of Opera della Luna’s performance, whilst those who have consigned G&S to the dustbin of history will be forced to think again with this zesty production.
To buy tickets or for more information call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.